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Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meeting Tues 11/28; CBS School Meals report, Fact Sheet re How the GOP tax bills hurt Massachusetts

Our next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, November 28th, 10 - Noon at St Francis House in Boston.  
The AGENDA will include the following:
  • Federal update: tax reform proposal (see below) and potential impact on funding federal programs, Farm Bill update
  • State budget and legislative campaigns: Governor Baker will be issuing his House 1 FFY19 budget in January - it's not too soon to get priorities on his list!  Discussion will include the SNAP Gap/Common App, HIP (healthy incentives), Food Trust, Breakfast after Bell, Family Cap, $15 min wage and other Coalition member campaigns 
  • Puerto Rico evacuees: What are you seeing, what materials do you need to help PR evacuees in your community access SNAP, school meals, cash and other services
  • SNAP for Seniors: Update on Senior Assistance Office (SAO) roll out, simplified SNAP application - next steps to find and enroll more seniors in SNAP
  • ABAWD update:  Start of new "3 month clock" in January but fewer geographic waived areas, DTA expansion of SNAP ET options, upcoming ABAWD info sessions 
  • Verifications roll out: Brief refresher of upcoming changes (discussed at October meeting) 
  • SNAP and college students - reminder re MA policy around student eligibility, doing SNAP outreach through campus mobile markets
  • Unpaid school meal debt - does your local school have a published meal debt policy?
  • Local case issues, SNAP policy concerns - what are you seeing?
  • Announcements:  Note, there is NO Boston SNAP Meeting in December, the Central MA SNAP Coalition meeting is December 7th (Worcester)
Media you can use:​
  • "The health benefits are obvious, but there is a psychological one, too; free food for each student means the poor and the hungry aren't singled out, as some have been in the past.​"​
  • ​Huffington Post editorial of 11/21 citing national research (including recent MGH) that access to federal nutrition programs reduces health care costs by Dr Susan Blumenthal, Huff Post's Public Health editor (and, a side note, wife of MA's very own Senator Ed Markey!) ​​

​We also want to flag the information below from the Center for American Progress, sent to the entire MA State Legislature last night. 

For your reference, attached please find a fact sheet that details how the Congressional GOP tax bills hurt Massachusetts. In addition, I have included several tax-related products below from the Center for American Progress (CAP), but please let me know if you have questions or need more information.



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